Ancient religious ritual tools unearthed by Egyptian archaeologists

Researchers discovered clay figurines and a large building of polished limestone, both used for religious services.

THE FAMOUS Egyptian pyramids are a perfect example of ancient Egypt’s power and spiritual decay (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
THE FAMOUS Egyptian pyramids are a perfect example of ancient Egypt’s power and spiritual decay
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed a collection of ancient tools that were used in religious practices from the Temple of the Pharaohs north of Cairo, Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiques announced on Saturday.

The researchers found small statues of the goddess of fertility and childbirth Taweret and the god of the moon Thoth, a large offering holder, a pure gold eye of Ujat, and the remains of golden scales used for gilding, according to Heritage Daily

Also discovered were a group of clay figurines that were used in religious and ceremonial rituals in dedication to the goddess Hathor, according to Hossam Ghoneim, director-general of Kafr El-Sheikh antiquities and head of the mission.

Furthermore, a large building of polished limestone from the inside was found, representing a well for holy water used in daily rituals.

 

The lid of the mummy’s coffin sports characteristic ancient Egyptian stylized facial features and informative hieroglyphicsELIE POSNERThe lid of the mummy’s coffin sports characteristic ancient Egyptian stylized facial features and informative hieroglyphicsELIE POSNER

Last August, it was reported that the ancient Egyptian King Khufu's Boat, known as the Solar Boat, an ancient vessel that is the oldest and largest wooden boat discovered in Egypt, has been moved from its longstanding home next to the Giza pyramids to the nearby Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), due to be inaugurated later this year.

Reuters contributed to this report.